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FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

1. Which Health Screen is right for me?

If you are unsure which Health Screen to choose, feel free to phone 01753 670166. Our team of fully trained staff can discuss your requirements and suggest a screen for you.

2. What is the difference between this service and the one offered by my GP?

Your NHS GP is there for you when you feel ill or you know something is wrong. Any tests undertaken will be specific to your symptoms. Screening tests on the NHS are for high risk patients only, or have specific minimum/maximum age criteria.

At Health Screen Plus we want to ensure you remain in good health and we can assess the risk of certain conditions before you show any symptoms. We undertake a large number of tests to assess your risk of all the major life shortening/threatening conditions.

3. I have booked a Well Man/Woman screen but would also like a test for one on the list covered by the Comprehensive Screen is this possible?

Yes, if our Health Screening doctor feels it is appropriate to undertake the additional test, this can be arranged at an extra cost which will be advised at the time.

4. What likelihood is there of finding something wrong with me?

The majority of patients seen will have no health problems identified, although all patients are given advice on remaining healthy in the future. We offer our Health Screen Plus services for the following reasons:

  • Stroke is the largest cause of severe disability and the third biggest cause of death.
  • Aortic aneurism is a silent killer. Screening is only available on the NHS to over 65s.
  • Allergies affect at least a quarter of the population, yet most people with allergies have not been tested and are not always necessarily allergic to what they think they are.
  • Osteoporosis is the thinning of bones normally in women as they grow older. 250,000 fractures a year are attributed to the disease.
  • Breast Cancer is the most common cancer in the UK for women. The NHS only screens women over 50 and those with identified lumps or family history of the disease. Health Screen Plus believes that mammograms should be available to younger women.
  • Ovarian Cancer can occur at any age and is the second most prevalent cancer for women. Early detection has the best prognosis. Screening is only available on the NHS for patients at high risk i.e. with a family history of the disease.
  • Prostate Cancer is the commonest cancer in men and can spread to the bones. Although all men over 50 are recommended to be tested in the USA, the test is currently only available on the NHS if a man is showing symptoms.
  • Kidney Stones are common and can show no symptoms. They can continue to grow and eventually cause a blockage which will not only be painful but could lead to kidney damage. Health Screen Plus can advise you on diet to minimize the risk.
  • Liver/Gall Bladder Disease will not normally show symptoms until quite advanced. Liver disease if detected early can self-repair mainly through change in diet. An operation for Gall Bladder disease can also be averted by change in diet.
  • Thyroid problems can affect a person of any age. The thyroid secretes a hormone which regulates how fast energy is burnt by the body. It is difficult to identify other than with a blood test.
  • Peripheral Vascular Disease is associated with heart attacks and strokes. It starts with pain in the lower limbs. Testing for this is done with an Ultrasound scan.
  • Hepatitis A/B/C is a virus that can cause liver damage without you being aware and you can also spread the infection. Health Screen Plus can screen for the disease whether it is active or not.
  • Colorectal Cancer is common in patients with inflammatory bowel disease. It can be detected early with a colonoscopy.
  • Cervical Cancer screening (smear test) is available on the NHS for women over 18 every three years. Health Screen Plus can offer an annual smear test. A 95% reduction in death rates is possible with regular screening.
  • Stomach Cancer screening is not offered on the NHS and the cause is not understood.

5. Is your Health Screening service confidential?

It is useful to send a copy of your Heath Screen report to your family GP but this will only be done with your express written permission, otherwise your Health Screen will remain totally confidential.


 
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